The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

23rd October, 2016




From the Parish Priest’s desk….


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We should not wonder that St Paul’s warning to the Philippians, which the Church places before us afresh in today’s Mass, remains valid: “For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping) that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things.”

It is necessary to face very painful realities in the life of the Church, not because we wish to lose hope or become embittered, but because we have a sacred duty to defend the teaching of Christ, and to defend ourselves and others from those who would deprive us of our baptismal rights. Those of us who have expressed grave concerns about aspects of this Pontificate are not extremists of any sort – we are simply Catholic. Recent attempts to besmirch those who in conscience must raise their voices against various novelties, only provide further evidence that we are moving more and more towards a type of dictatorship in the Church: It is not the critics who are “playing politics”, but those who wish to silence us….

So many matters of deep concern have emerged in recent weeks: not long after the Argentinian Bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia was endorsed by Pope Francis, the Cardinal Vicar of Rome proposed a similar application in the Diocese of Rome itself: Then, in an in flight interview returning from Georgia on 2nd October, Pope Francis gave a highly equivocal and confusing response to a question relating to transgenderism: We find ourselves on the brink of many sections of the Church accepting de facto the sexual revolution, by legitimating situation ethics and imposing a novel sacramental discipline. Hiding behind weasel words such as “accompaniment” and “encounter” will not change the fact that a substantive and illicit departure from the Faith and its demands is what is being proposed.

We can also say that the recent appointments to the College of Cardinals by and large favour those who have embraced or acquiesced in the novelties of recent years. There is clearly an attempt to entrench the new positions and to make them in some way irreversible.

Such are the designs of men. But we place our confidence in God, in Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the same yesterday, today and forever, to Whom belong the times and the ages. The Lord of History, Christ our King, has foreseen all the difficulties in the life of the Church, and all the sins of men from Adam until the end of time. Everything is in His most gracious Providence. The more likely the defeat of God’s People seems, the greater must be our confidence in prayer and act that God’s cause will prevail, and that the enemies of the Cross of Christ – both within and without the Church – will be confounded: but not just that. It is the greatest act of charity to pray for their conversion, so let us resolve to do so.

I encourage you to use the forthcoming opportunities to deepen your union with Christ, and to pray for the Church in all Her needs, and for the defeat and conversion of her enemies: I am thinking especially of the Christus Rex pilgrimage which begins this coming Friday, and the Forty Hours’ Devotion which we will hold at St Aloysius’ from 11th – 13th November. Let us place our hope and confidence in Our Lord and His Blessed Mother.

God bless you!

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest


Please note that there is no 10 am Mass this Tuesday, and no 8 am Mass this Saturday.

Education survey: parishioners with children are invited to participate in a survey regarding their educational needs, to assist us in supporting them as the primary educators of their children. Ideally, please fill in the survey on line here. Alternatively, printed copies of the survey are available in the Church vestibule.

Latin classes: Those interested in participating in regular Latin classes in 2017 are invited to meet with David Garland, who will be teaching the class, today, 23rd October, after the Solemn Mass. This meeting will be an introductory class, and will consider the availability of those interested, before deciding on a regular day and time for class in 2017. Please meet at Maryvale 10 minutes after the conclusion of Solemn Mass.

November Masses: These are offered for the living and the dead, our deceased relatives, friends and benefactors, and for those other deceased in need of God’s mercy. In November, the month of the Holy Souls, we especially pray for the Faithful departed. November envelopes are now available in the vestibule. The minimum stipend for one November Mass (by Archdiocesan law) is $20. Put the names of the deceased you wish to be remembered on the envelopes provided and place them in either Sunday collection. Please submit these in October, to ensure that the dead are remembered at all the Masses of November. General Mass intention envelopes are also available in the vestibule, to arrange for Mass to be offered for any other intention.

First Confession and First Holy Communion: parents who wish to prepare their children for First Confession and First Holy Communion in the near future are asked to contact the Secretary this week. The usual age for the reception of these sacraments is 7. A date has not yet been fixed for first Holy Communion, but will be decided after consultation with parents.

New servers welcome: we invite new servers to join our serving team. Any male is eligible to serve after he has made his first Holy Communion. Interested adults, or parents in the case of minors, are invited to contact Fr Tattersall.

Forty Hours’ Devotion: 11th – 13th November. Let us gather in prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and petition, before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed and enthroned above the Altar. The Forty Hours’ Devotion will begin on Friday evening, 11th November, and conclude after Solemn Mass on Sunday, 13th November. The Blessed Sacrament will be continuously exposed day and night during this time. Please participate by committing yourself to a period of prayer. The Adoration roster is available in the vestibule and on line here.

Guild of St Clare seeking new members: the guild was established as a Parish group to assist in the provision and upkeep of our Altar cloths, linen, robes and vestments. This includes both the repair of existing linens and garments, as well as the creation of new pieces. Please contact Chris Tyrrell for more information at The next Guild meeting is planned for Sunday, 27th November, after Solemn Mass.

Br Shawn Murphy and the Brisbane Oratory in Formation: it has been announced that Br Shawn will be sent to Oxford by the Fathers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation, to continue his theological studies and preparation for the priesthood. Full details are provided on their website:. We are delighted that Br Shawn will have this opportunity, commencing early in 2017. We are also confident that Parishioners will wish to make a special effort to assist the Oratory in defraying the costs of Br Shawn’s education. Anyone wishing to make a donation for this purpose is invited to contact Fr Tattersall.

A traditional Benedictine Monastic foundation in Australia: We are pleased to be able to share the wonderful news that a traditional Benedictine monastery (for men) is soon to be established in Australia, in the Archdiocese of Hobart. The details are provided in the following letter from Fr Pius Mary Noonan OSB: The monastery will follow a traditional Benedictine observance, praying the full Monastic Office as arranged in the Rule of St Benedict, and celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite of Holy Mass. This is a very great grace for the Church in Australia. You are encouraged to lend your support by way of prayer and financial assistance. If you are interested in investigating the possibility of a monastic vocation (or know someone who is), please contact Fr Pius Noonan OSB at

Christus Rex pilgrimage: 28th-30th October: For information, and to register, please visit

Song & Silence – a monastic retreat for men (Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Wold, NSW, 2nd – 6th January, 2017): Discover the heart of monastic life. Enter into and participate in a complete monastic Horarium with daily Solemn Mass and the Sung Monastic Office - the retreat is guided by the liturgy alone in an atmosphere of silence. Personal spiritual direction will be available each day. Day one will be devoted to workshops and training supplied by the Australian Sacred Music Association (ASMA). Day two the retreat begins at Matins with the Rule of St. Benedict from then being observed. Chaplain: Fr Tattersall. Cost (5 days/4 nights): Quad share, $380 pp, Twin share, $499 pp (discounts on application for priests, deacons and seminarians). Inquiries/registration:, Ronan Reilly 0402 613 963. Official Flyer

The monks of St Joseph’s Abbey, Flavigny, will return to Australia in January, 2017, to preach Ignatian retreats for men and women in Sydney and Brisbane. Men: Hartzer Park, Bowral, NSW: 16-21 January and 23-28 January. Mercy Place, Bardon (Brisbane), QLD: 14-19 February. Women: Hartzer Park, Bowral, NSW: 12-15 January (3 days, 3 nights) and 30-31 January (2 days, 1 night).
Mercy Place Bardon (Brisbane), QLD: 9-12 February (3 days, 3 nights). For all the NSW retreats, inquiries and bookings are to be sent to Jim and Eileen at For the QLD retreats, inquiries and bookings are to be sent to Martine at

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